Posted-on December 2019 By Amy Bates
Every job has it’s good and bad days, and one of the main factors of managing your career is mastering the art of stress management. At any level, managing a workload and trying to push yourself to become better is stressful. Frequently workers have to deal with at least one co-worker who makes the workday that bit harder due to either a toxic personality of their incompetence.
595,000 workers in the UK admitted to suffering from some form of workplace stress or anxiety last year, and there’s a chance that what you’re experiencing isn’t simply normal workplace stress but is actually something much worse.
If what you’re going through isn’t simply standard manageable stress, then there’s a good chance that you’re heading toward some significantly negative by-products of this. Last year, 15.4 million workdays were lost due to work-related stress, whilst the average time needed to address the issue per case was equal to around 25.8 days. It also accounted for around 44% of all illness, and 57% of all working days lost to ill health.
So how can you distinguish between stress that is common amongst nearly all workers, and when the effects of stress are harming you? You need to identify the signs that your job is making you unhappy, some of the main reasons of which are below.
Never being able to turn off
The number one way to de-stress is by drawing serious lines between your work life and your home life. When at home, it shouldn’t be acceptable to even think about your to-do list for tomorrow. Your only objective should be to consider your family and home life. If you find yourself unable to turn off, you’re certainly going to suffer from the effects of stress in future.
Affected mood in the workplace
Being stressed is obviously going to affect your mood, yet if you find that you are always in a terrible mood, and find that you have no patience with your co-workers, then it’s likely that your stress and subsequent lack of humility is negatively affecting your career. Without patience, you can’t lead a team, or work on a collective project without running the risk of making an error in judgement.
You create imaginary negative scenarios
One of the worst things about not being able to switch off is that your thoughts are rarely actually productive. Workers suffering from stress tend to find that all they can do is run over imaginary scenarios in their heads in which things have gone wrong, and imagine either how they would try and rectify the situations, or simply how stressful it would be if such a situation were to occur.
If you find that you’re tired most of the time, and that you feel like a zombie when you arrive in the office, then you’re not allowing yourself to truly mentally and physically catch-up with yourself. This has potentially serious consequences on your health as fatigue can affect your immune system.
You work slides
When suffering from these symptoms, it’s certain that they’ll have an effect on your work. You’re tired, stressed, anxious and you’re finding it hard to connect with others; these aren’t helpful to productivity or strong work. Not receiving help is essentially harming your work, which is ironic as you probably believe that you’re doing a great job by soldiering on. Often, stressed workers are unaware of just how poorly they come off to their bosses.